Terou Nakamura was the last Japanese soldier to surrender after the fall of Japan, hiding on an Indonesian island. He surrendered in 1974, 30 years after he had been declared dead.
That’s who I thought of when I noticed that Team Söring had found one of the last people in Germany willing to endorse Jens Söring’s innocence claims: the Kiel-based Protestant pastor Marco Voigt (g). In his Easter message, entitled “Blessed Easter” (!), broadcast on the public radio station North German Radio, he invited none other than Jens Söring to reflect on matters religious.
It’s curious, because in the interview itself, Söring confesses that he lost his faith in 2009. He also, of course, aims his ire at Virginia prisons, which he claims offer no rehabilitation at all, do nothing for mentally ill prisoners, and are solely oriented toward punishment, not rehabilitation. The Virginia prison system would beg to differ. American prisons are certainly harsher than German ones, but Söring is here reciting exaggerations which he knows will be happily endorsed by the left-liberal Green voters of the German mainline Protestant church. Of course “the Amis” are revenge-obsessed fanatics, everyone knows that!
The cherry on top is that both the German Protestant Church and North German Radio are financed by the German public. At the end of the interview, Voigt recommends listeners to read Söring’s two German-language books, which, of course, are replete with lies and defamation.
Of course, I plan to contact both Mr. Voigt and NDR — who really (g) should (g) know better by now — to complain about this appearance. Perhaps some readers will be motivated to do so as well. If you do, be respectful and polite — but firm. Both NDR and Voigt could have discovered problems with Söring’s story with a 2-second Google search. The fact that they didn’t is recklessness, at this point.